January 30 - 01, 2019

Kathryn Rook VMD, ACVD

Kathryn (Katie) Rook is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.  She graduated from undergrad at the University of Pennsylvania in 2004 and then from the Veterinary School in 2008.  Following this, she completed a rotating internship at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals.  She returned to her Alma Mater for her dermatology residency.  After residency she spent several years in practice in New York City before returning to Philadelphia.  Her dermatology interests include Cutaneous Lymphoma and management of immune-mediated diseases.  When not in the hospital she enjoys running, exploring the Philadelphia restaurant scene, and spending time with her two cats, Jack and Thurman, and her Border Collie Mix, Wilhelmina (Willie).  



1.Approach to the itchy dog

2.Approach to the itchy cat

3.Management of otitis externa

4.Updates on diagnosis and treatment of dermatophytosis

5.Review of the newest treatment options for management of atopic dermatitis in dogs

6.Clinical Pearls in Dermatology

7.The difficult dermatologic cases – how and when to obtain skin cultures and biopsies



Mark Acierno DVM, ACVIM

Mark Acierno received his DVM from Mississippi State University in 2000. After completing an internship in small animal medicine and surgery, he completed an internal medicine residency at Tufts University. He is a professor at Midwestern University, a boarded internal medicine specialist and a member of the Society of Veterinary Nephrology and Urology.  His research interests include hypertension, kidney disease and renal replacement therapies. Dr. Acierno is the author of more than 40 peer-reviewed publications and 15 book chapters. Currently, he is developing one of the most comprehensive nephrology / urology programs in the world, which is based out of Phoenix AZ.


1. Acute Kidney Injury 
2. Improving the quality of life for cats with Chronic Kidney Disease 
3. Leptospirosis: Current Recommendations and What is the Risk to Veterinary Professionals
4. Nephrotoxicosis: Ethylene Glycol and Beyond
5. Now how do we turn off this spigot??? (Diagnosing and treating canine Incontinence)
6. Help! Help! I can’t pee!! (Feline Lower urinary tract disease)
7. Hypertension
8. Protein Losing Nephropathy
9. Canine geology (uroliths)
10. Intro to dialysis medicine  - how does it work and when to refer
11. An introduction to Acid / Base disorders

Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort Curacao

Call in: 1-800-880-2177 or 1-844-288-2124
Referring Code/Group Name: Vet Vacation CE

Rate for the hotel is $199 per night and available 3 nights before and after the stay.

Voted #1 Hotel USA Today's Reader's Choice Awards. Resort is nestled beachfront in the Caribbean Sea!

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort features 365 rooms and luxury suites. Rooms and suites come equipped with air conditioned, mini fridge, plasma television, iHome clock radio, in-room safe, deluxe bath amenities, bathrobes, hair dryer and a furnished balcony or patio. Wireless internet access is also available for an additional charge.



Getting There

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort is located 15 miles from Curacao International Airport (CUR), close to Curacao Sea Aquarium and Boca Tabla Sea Cave.


Lecture Schedule

15 Hours of RACE approved for CE for Veterinarians and Technicians.

January 30
Registration 12:30pm-1pm
Lecture 1pm-6pm
Cocktail Hour with Hors d’oeuvres 6:30pm-7:30pm

January 31
Breakfast 7am-8 am
Lecture 8am-1pm

February 1
Breakfast 7am-8am
Lecture 8am-1pm


Super Saver Rate $795 with 90 days advanced registration
VetVacationCE Rate $865 with 30 days advanced registration
JetSetter Rate $925 less than 30 days advanced registration

If you are a technician, call or E-mail us to get the special rate of $75 off the regular registration rate.
15 Hours of RACE approved for CE for Veterinarians and Technicians. 


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